Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the remotest part of the deepest ocean, you’ve probably been exposed to the hype surrounding Pokémon Go. In fact, you’ve probably seen groups of people running around with their phones held out in front of them, shouting names like “Snorlax!” or “Charizard!”.
I see you nodding (or shaking) your head. Like it or not, Pokémon Go fever has swept the world and gained millions of hardcore fans. Though the craze seems to be subsiding, it’s not too late to get in on the action.
And what better way to get up to speed on one of the most addictive games ever than through a series of visual guides?
A Quick Introduction to Pokemon Go
But first, for the uninitiated, here’s a quick breakdown of what Pokémon Go is all about:
In this game, Pokémon (or Pocket Monsters) roam our world freely, and our job is to use our phones to track their real-world location (via GPS) and then catch them by “throwing” Pokéballs through the app’s augmented reality interface.
If you’re still confused, here’s what it actually looks like:
Ready to go? Here are the top 7 infographic guides that will help you to master Pokémon Go in no time.
Let’s start with the basics. Generally, Pokémon are categorized by types. Some of these are elements – like fire, water, and rock – while there are others types like fighting, psychic, and so on.
Traditionally, there are a total of 18 Pokémon types, although so far only 12 have appeared in Pokémon Go. This list gives you an overview of which Pokémon belongs to which type category.
Accordingly, certain types are better (or worse) against others when battling. Think of it like rock, scissors, and paper – Water Pokémon are better against Fire Pokémon, but not so great against Electricity Pokémon, and so on.
Some of them might make sense, but there are some that don’t. For instance, how are Bug Pokémon great against Psychic types? Are psychics scared of bugs? This comprehensive guide to Pokémon strengths and weaknesses should set things straight.
On to the most exciting part of the game – catching them all! If you’ve watched the Pokémon animated series, you’ve probably imagined yourself running through the neighborhood, picking off one rare Pokémon after another with ease.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but this is likely what you’ll face 90% of the time:
Yes, some Pokémon (like Pidgeys) are incredibly common, and you’ll likely end up catching thousands of them throughout your career. The rarer ones in the chart below will probably take a bit more traveling and waiting to snag.
As you go about doing Pokémon trainer stuff – such as walking around and catching Pokémon – you will gain XP (experience points). This allows you to level up, and the higher your level is, the better the Pokémon you will encounter along your journey.
As a bonus, you will also receive rewards when you reach certain levels. Here’s a list of them up till level 20.
Tossing Pokéballs isn’t the only way to catch them all. Along the way, you’ll find eggs you can “hatch” by walking a certain distance – 2, 5, and 10km respectively. Naturally, eggs that require 10km of walking to hatch spawn the rarer Pokémon. Who says that mobile games make people unhealthy?
Here are all the Pokémon that you can (potentially) get from hatching those eggs.
If you’ve played any computer or mobile game before, you’ll probably be familiar with the concept of hit points. Some Pokémon have more, some have less – only the game creators can explain why an Onix has far fewer hit points than a Wigglytuff.
Regardless, here’s a chart ranking Pokémon by the amount of hit points they have.
Besides hit points, different Pokémon are also naturally gifted (to varying degrees) in attack, defense, or stamina. Those that are in a higher stage of evolution have better statistics in general as opposed to their lower-stage counterparts.
Know of any other infographics that will help us to catch them all? Or maybe you’re interested in creating your own? We’ve seen people using the Crowdfunding Campaign and Dark templates to make some pretty amazing creations. Let us see yours in the comments below!